Lost Colorado Ski Area chairlift could reopen this summer

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“We are planning to have a big party, band and all, on the 4th of July. We don’t think we’ll have a problem fundraising at this point.– Mike Moore, ski industry veteran involved in Cuchara’s comeback bid.

The last two years have been interesting for Cuchara Mountain. The Cuchara Foundation purchased Colorado’s lost ski area in 2017 for $150,000 and slowly worked to get Lift 4 working again. Lift 4 is now capable of spinning after $300,000 in parts and labor, but will need to be inspected before people can ride it again. Other costs are likely to be incurred, as Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board inspections and final contractor work will cost $27,000, and elevator insurance will be $24,000. If they can raise the funds, which they believe they can, the elevator could work this summer. The Gazette reports that their goal would be a July 4 reopening with a party. This summer they plan to add a mountain bike section with a “small pump track, trails and rollers designed for beginners.” Other future plans may include adding intermediate and advanced mountain bike trails.

Last fall, it looked like Moss Adventures was going to be the one that partnered with the Cuchara Foundation to officially reopen the mountain. Their plans were to make it an outdoor adventure center for various sports. But in January, negotiations ended between the county and Moss Adventures. The problem Moss faced was that many locals wanted it to be a quiet place for backcountry adventures. Since then, Pandero Ski Corp. partnered with the Cuchara Foundation to complete the years-long comeback attempt. How it grows from what it is now will depend on what locals want from this long-lost Colorado ski area. Image credits: Pandero Ski Corporation, Colorado Sun, Skimap.org

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